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Media and Culture:
Global Homogeneity and Local Identity

About the Authors (in alphabetical order)

Khairi Obaid Al-Zubaidi, Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics) University of Northern Colorado, U.S.A. He finished his M.A from the University of La Verne, California, U.S.A. and worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Baghdad, the Amman University, the Sultan Qaboos University and currently at the Language Academy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) International Campus, K.L . His research interest is in applied linguistics, cultural studies, new media and translation.
Rosemarie Arhlene E. Ampil is currently the Director of Publications of the Lyceum of the Philippines University and a Mass Communication faculty member of the same university. She was also a faculty member of Mass Communication at St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

Esther J. Esteban, Ph.D. is an educator, researcher, author, speaker, and program designer/facilitator. She is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific, School of Education. She was educated in the University of Heidelberg, Germany, Princeton University and Stanford University, University of Asia and the Pacific and Miriam College. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University. 

Y.T.M. Tunku Fatimah Firdaus Dato’ Tunku Fariddudin is currently affiliated with the French Language section of the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She is also a member of the USM Sustainability Team and has been a part of the editorial board for the “USM Sustainability Roadmap.” She obtained her first degree in Information-Communication from Université de Nancy II, Nancy, France.

Veronica L. Isla is a faculty member of University of Asia & the Pacific’s (UA&P) School of Communication where she teaches courses like Introduction to Communication, Communication Theory and Society, and Communication Research Methods. She is currently Asian Congress for Media and Communication’s (ACMC) country director for the Philippines. She is also the Editor-in-chief of CAS Review, UA&P College of Arts and Sciences’ official publication. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (2006), where received the Gloria Feliciano Award for Best Dissertation. She holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communication (1986) from the same university. She has an M.A. in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University (2000) and M. A. in Values Education from UA&P (1990). 

Rachel E. Khan is an associate professor at the University of the Philippines Department of Journalism, where she served as chair of the Journalism Department from 2006-2009.  She is also the current President of the Asian Congress for Media and Communication (ACMC).  As a journalist, she has received various awards for her work, including the Citibank Pan-Asia Award for Journalism Excellence and the Jaime V. Ongpin Award for Excellence in Journalism.  She holds a M.S. Journalism from Columbia University under a Fulbright scholarship and a B.S. Economics from the University of the Philippines.

Hamoon Khelghat-Doost is currently the Research Officer at the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Penang on Education for Sustainable Development. He has completed courses on Comparative Religion, Jewish Studies and Soviet Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada. He is also an Archaeological Research Assistant for UNESCO and Laboratory of Geo-archaeology at Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan. He has been also a member of the editorial board for Southeast Asian Studies Conflict Network (SEACSN) magazine.  Heholds a First Class Honors Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and currently is a postgraduate student at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) School of Communication focusing on “Environmental Science and Journalism.”

Cheng Ean Lee, better known as Catherine, is a lecturer at the School of Communication, Taylor’s University Malaysia.  She holds an MA in Communication Studies from Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom and a BA (Honors) in Media Studies from University of Malaya, Malaysia. Her research interests include corporate communications and social responsibility as well as new communication technologies.  Her current research projects are CSR communications in Malaysia and the use of new communication technologies in workplace communication.

Gwenetha Y. Pusta is a faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Arts and Letters. She also serves as communications consultant to the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute of Human Genetics under the National Institutes of Health. She holds a B.A. Broadcast Communications from UP and a M.A. Development Communication from UP Open University. She is an officer of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE).
Khairiah A Rahman lectures in intercultural communication and is a doctoral candidate at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. She is currently ACMC’s country director for New Zealand. Khariah has worked in both the private and public sectors in finance, retail, public relations, media and education related industries with special interest in communication and organizational relationship management. Her research interests include organisational communication, intercultural communication, applied pedagogy and global sociological developments impacting societies, organisations and nations. She is Singaporean and has lived in England and Malaysia.

Cameron Richards is a professor at the Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy studies at the University of Technology Malaysia (UTM) international campus. He has an interdisciplinary set of research and teaching interests which include a particular interest in the educational and knowledge-building implications of new media and related information, communication and hypermedia technologies.   As well as having worked previously at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Western Australia, he has also worked extensively in Asia including past positions at the Singapore National Institute of Education (NTU) and the Hong Kong Institute of Education. 

Marc Stanton is the Senior Broadcast Journalism Lecturer at Edge Hill University. He has previously been a Producer for NBC in Beijing, an undercover reporter for both BBC and ITN and a freelance researcher.  He is currently conducting PhD research into the Presentation of Developing Nations by British Terrestrial Broadcasters.  He holds an MA from Leeds University in ‘Asian Pacific Studies and Chinese Business’ and a BA in ‘Broadcasting’ from Leeds University’s Institute of Communication Studies.

Mary Thomas is a senior lecturer at the Media Communications Department, School of Business, Temasek Polytechnic. She has a Master degree in Education and has taught extensively at the school, university and polytechnic levels. Mary has been involved in teaching in the region (Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiative and the Singapore International Foundation.  She has also developed training programs in communication skills for industry staff.

Renalyn J. Valdez is currently Chair of the Mass Communication and Journalism Department at Lyceum of the Philippines University. She is presently taking Ph.D. in Communication at University of the Philippines. She holds a M.A. in Communication Arts from Ateneo de Manila University. She graduated Cum Laude from Far Eastern University with an AB Mass Communication degree in 1998.  She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE).

Lai Gim Wei holds a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Honors) in Public Relations from the Faculty of Creative Industries, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia.  She co-authored with Ms. Lee in her research.

Meng Yip Wong is a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Honors) majoring in Public Relations graduate from Faculty of Creative Industries, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia with a He is currently working as a Public Relations and Event Coordinator at Ingenious Marketing Solutions, Malaysia. He co-authored with Ms. Lee in her research.



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